Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War (Paperback)Noriko Kawamura (author)
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This reexamination of the controversial role Emperor Hirohito played during the Pacific War gives particular attention to the question: If the emperor could not stop Japan from going to war with the Allied Powers in 1941, why was he able to play a crucial role in ending the war in 1945? Drawing on previously unavailable primary sources, Noriko Kawamura traces Hirohito's actions from the late 1920s to the end of the war, analyzing the role Hirohito played in Japan's expansion. Emperor Hirohito emerges as a conflicted man who struggled throughout the war to deal with the undefined powers bestowed upon him as a monarch, often juggling the contradictory positions and irreconcilable differences advocated by his subordinates. Kawamura shows that he was by no means a pacifist, but neither did he favor the reckless wars advocated by Japan's military leaders.
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
This is an eye-opening book. . . . Kawamura's research reveals the real Hirohito.-- Geoffrey Wawro * History Book Club *
A well-balanced analysis of the controversial role Emperor Hirohito played during the Pacific War, drawing on previously unavailable primary sources. . . . Kawamura does a fine job of describing Emperor Hirohito's complex positions and his historical situation.-- Takeshi Suzuki * Pacific Affairs *
Noriko Kawamura's Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War provides a convincing reappraisal of Japan's Hirohito few Westerners would recognize whenever they are reminded of Pearl Harbor and the Pacific conflict.-- Norm Haskett * The Daily Chronicles of World War II *
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